Newlywed's Guide to Staying in Love
In sixth grade, not only did I receive my first phone, I also landed my first ever relationship. With the combination of these two things, I was unstoppable: I was way cooler than the technology-less and boyfriendless girl that sat next to me in my English class. Of course looking back on it now, I can’t help but laugh, reminiscing on the fact that the boy who I swore to be the love of my life broke up with me two weeks later for that same girl. I don’t want to blame it on the fact that I had only ever spoken three words to him in person, but if we’re being honest, that was 100% the reason. However, my sixth grade self wondered why he didn’t want to date the girl who hid behind her phone screen and was too afraid to kiss him at the bus stop.
Almost a whole decade later, I can proudly say that my heart has fully mended from that breakup, and many more I might add.
We spend a good majority of our lives living within the vicious cycle of dating and breaking up. We often give dating a negative connotation because, based on our experiences, it has to end sometime, right?
What I’ve come to realize is that, dating isn’t solely for the purpose of finding your soulmate; it’s for every minute after that, when it really starts to count.
When I asked my grandfather how he had remained in a committed relationship for so long, he didn’t tell me the cliche answer, “we were always meant to be,” he told me that one of the biggest components in keeping the fire of their marriage for burning for 50 years was that he never stopped dating her. Quite the concept, don’t ya think?
Think back to the days you started seeing your special someone: remember the cupcake stage of your relationship when you craved each other's presence, couldn’t keep your hands off each other, and made so many of you finest memories with one another. Just because you are getting married, or are already married, doesn’t mean that stage of your relationship has to end.
That being said, I have compiled a list of 10 date ideas for you and your hubby, so that dating doesn’t stay in the past: it becomes apart of your future.
1) Hammocking & Picnicking at the Park
Pick a spot in the park where you and your date can set up a picnic! Your date doesn’t begin there though. Turn on some tunes while you’re making your picnic food and set all outside stress and worries aside! Bring along a speaker, blanket, hammocks, and don’t forget your food and utensils!
2) Wine & Canvas
There’s a few ways you can go about this unique date. Find a place near you where you’ll spend your evening sipping on your favorite wine and painting canvases together, fun right? Or maybe you’d prefer to stay at home: grab your favorite wine and some glasses from the shelf at home and enjoy the night painting canvases somewhere in your very own home!
For the locals: Uncork the Artist
3) Yoga Classes
Bonding, relaxing, and learning all in one date! Schedule a one-on-one yoga class at a local studio to enjoy a night of ultimate zen! Connect your minds and bodies through the peacefulness that yoga brings to the table on your special date night!
For the locals: Yogaja Yoga
4) Catch a (Pool) Break
Not your typical “out to dinner” date! Spend the night in friendly competition with your partner playing pool, darts, or even trivia! The social environment will encourage one-on-one fun in a public place!
For the locals: Miss Cue’s Billiard and Darts
5) Farmers Market Fun
Who says you have to go eat somewhere for it to count as a date? Find a farmers market near you and gather some locally grown foods to cook with your partner! Or explore the market and try new things together!
For the locals: Perrysburg Farmers Market
6) Drive-In(to) Date Night
Find a drive-in movie theater near you to spice up movie night! Put together a cooler with some of your favorite foods and drinks and stick it in the trunk of your car. Don’t forget a blanket and some chairs to cozy up with while you watch a movie on the big screen and while the stars watch you from above!
For the locals: Field of Dreams
7) Roller-Skate Date
Even if you’re the most uncoordinated couple ever, strap on a pair of skates and visit a roller rink near you! It’ll take you back to your high school days, listening to some throwback tunes, skating along into the night!
For the locals: Ohio Skate
8) Happy Campers
Whether you build a fort in your living room and melt s’mores on your stovetop, or set up a tent in your backyard and roast marshmallows on the fire, camping is a cozy date that both you and your partner will enjoy! KOA campgrounds are a fun getaway for a night or two!
For the locals: KOA Monroe Michigan
9) Coffee & Games
Find a coffee shop near you that’s open a little later and bring along a deck of cards, a game, or puzzle. Sip on your favorite coffee shop drink and enjoy each other's company while you soak up the relaxation of the night.
10) Morning Date
No one ever said a date had to be at night! Go check out a local breakfast restaurant and enjoy each other's company in the morning before you start your day! You’ll begin your day with a full stomach and happy heart.
For the locals: First Watch
Your dating says aren’t over; they’re only just beginning! Keep falling in love with your partner by taking time out of each week to spend specifically with each other. Do things that make you both happy and don’t be afraid to stray away from the traditional date!
Wishing you a lifetime of happiness and endless love,